Author of four historical mysteries published by Faber and Faber: A Gentle Axe, A Vengeful Longing, A Razor Wrapped in Silk and The Cleansing Flames. The novels are set in nineteenth century St Petersburg – the St Petersburg of Dostoevsky – and feature Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Crime and Punishment.
A Vengeful Longing was short-listed for the 2008 CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger for best crime novel, runner-up in New York Magazine’s Culture Awards for 2008 in the best thriller category, and Highly Commended for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Novel Award 2008 (as was A Razor Wrapped in Silk in 2010).
Now working on a new historical crime series set in the turbulent years before the First World War, featuring a new detective, Silas Quinn. The first in the series, Summon Up The Blood, was published in April 2012. The Mannequin House is due December 2012.
From my website
COMING SOON! Hardback release, 30 Jan, 2014. Don’t miss the launch at Goldsboro Books, 23 – 25 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ Jan 30, 2014, 6.30 – 8.30. April, 1914. Against his better judgement, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn is attending the premiere of the new motion picture by notorious Austrian…
My new novel, The Dark Palace, will be published next January. To celebrate, I’ll be having a book launch at Goldsboro Books, 23 – 25 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ on Thursday, January 30th, from 6.30 – 8.30. All welcome!
Where do you get your ideas from? I find most of them in a tin box under the floorboards. I heard something rattling one day, pulled up the floorboard and there it was. The ideas for my first 5 novels were inside, scrabbling around, trying to get out. I released…